January 25, 2019 2.38 pm This story is over 35 months old

North Kesteven councillors to raise their allowances

The council leader could claim around £18,566 a year if the move is approved

Councillors at North Kesteven District Council are set to vote for an increase in their allowances by £100 from £4,900 to £5,000.

In addition, those with special responsibilities will also get a 2% rise, which will mean, for instance the council leader can claim an extra £366  a year (£18,566 total), while the deputy leader will be able to claim an extra £360 (£13,675).

A report by the Independent Renumeration Panel says the increase ensures “members do not fall behind other authorities” and that it “is sufficient to attract and retain new and young members to the council”.

The report concludes that the NKDC basic allowance is above average but said it should “not be allowed to fall behind others.”

Members who attract two sets of special responsibility allowances can already gain the full amount of the highest allowance and 75% of their second responsibility and councillors are asked to keep that as is.

Councillors will also vote to leave dependent carer’s allowances and travel and subsistence allowances at the same level.

West Lindsey District Council also recently approved a rise in their basic allowance and special allowances by 2%.

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